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Wabanaki Heritage Garden featured in Garden Club Federation of Maine’s April newsletter

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

UMPI’s Wabanaki Heritage Garden was featured in the Garden Club Federation of Maine’s April newsletter. Click here to view the newsletter and look for pages 13 to 15 for the story. How wonderful to see our garden featured in this newsletter. And a big thank you to Alice Sheppard, Dave Putnam and Jenn Prokey for helping to pull the information together for this article. Happy reading!

Students host Native Appreciation Day

Friday, 13 April 2012

Students from the University of Maine at Presque Isle's Native Voices group will host a day-long event meant to develop strong connections between higher education and the Native American/First Nations indigenous populations by setting aside a day on campus that focuses on their culture and traditions.

The group will host the Fifth Annual Native Appreciation Day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, in Wieden Hall. All interested students, faculty, staff, and members of the general public are welcome to attend and participate in this free event, which is being supported by Project Compass.

UMPI to host panel on Native basket-making

Monday, 21 November 2011

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will welcome five respected basket-makers from Native tribes throughout the region when Project Compass hosts the panel presentation The Evolution of Basket-Making: From Function to Art on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m. in the Campus Center.

Students host Native Appreciation Day

Wednesday, 06 April 2011

Students from the University of Maine at Presque Isle's Native Voices group will host a day-long event meant to develop strong connections between higher education and the Native American/First Nations indigenous populations by setting aside a day on campus that focuses on their culture and traditions.

The group will host the Fourth Annual Native Appreciation Day from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, in Wieden Hall. All interested students, faculty, staff, and members of the general public are welcome to attend and participate in this free event, which is being supported by Project Compass.

University and Project Compass collaborate on the third Distinguished Lecturer of the year

Monday, 25 October 2010

The University of Maine at Presque Isle is pleased to announce that the third Distinguished Lecturer for the 2010-2011 series is The Honorable Judge Graydon Nicholas, Lieutenant-Governor for the Province of New Brunswick. Judge Nicholas' presentation will conclude an afternoon-long Native Heritage Month celebration, which is being hosted by Project Compass.

Judge Nicholas will speak on Education & Preservation of Native Culture at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2 in the University's Wieden Auditorium. The afternoon celebration will be held in Wieden Gymnasium and include a blessing at 2 pm, a smudging ceremony between 2 and 2:30 pm, a social with traditional drumming from 2:30 to 4:30 pm, and a potluck meal of traditional food beginning at 4:30 pm. The lecture will begin at 6 pm and include greetings from University President Don Zillman, Houlton Band of Maliseet's Chief Brenda Commander, and Tobique First Nation Chief Steward Paul.

Students host Native Appreciation Day

Friday, 02 April 2010

Students from the University of Maine at Presque Isle's Native Voices group will host a day-long event meant to develop strong connections between higher education and the Native American/First Nations culture and traditions of the area's indigenous populations.

The group will host the Third annual Native Appreciation Day from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13 in Wieden Hall. All interested students, faculty, staff, and members of the general public are welcome to attend and participate in this free event, which is being supported by Project Compass.

Project Compass Ceramics Show displayed in downtown Presque Isle

Monday, 29 March 2010

During the entire month of April, the work of University of Maine at Presque Isle ceramics students will be on display in downtown Presque Isle in the Project Compass Ceramics Show. The 450 Main Street location, near the Northeastland Hotel, will showcase completed works made possible through a Project Compass mini-grant.

The students whose works are on display include: Joanna Dumond, Whitney Graham, Shelly Hanson, Judith Jeffery, Arelis Jimenez, Rebecca Kelley, Jenna Larochelle, Erick Martinez, Paige McEachern, Carleena Newman, Melody Sanborn, Erica Smith, Krista Stevens, Brittany Taylor, and Amanda Turmenne.

Houlton Native Education Center dedication held March 17

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Officials from the University of Maine at Presque Isle and area tribal elders gathered at the Houlton Higher Education Center on March 17 for the dedication of the Houlton Native Education Center, a new student center designed specifically for Native American students in the southern Aroostook County area.

"We are so pleased to be joining with tribal elders throughout the region in dedicating the Houlton Native Education Center and creating a comfortable space for our Native American students as they take their university classes," President Don Zillman said. "This center will help our students continue their educational success and allow us to continue the good work that is being done through our Project Compass efforts."

University hires Project Compass Director

Monday, 09 November 2009

The University of Maine at Presque Isle is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Eddy A. Ruiz as its Project Compass director, completing an effort that has been underway since the summer to establish a three-member retention team for the initiative.

Project Compass announces Mini-Grant recipients

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Officials with Project Compass, an effort on the University of Maine at Presque Isle campus to develop and improve culturally responsive strategies for its Native American students, has announced that it has funded 9 mini-grants to campus faculty and staff totaling nearly $18,000 that will help to support the mission of Project Compass while engaging students and increasing campus awareness of Native cultures.

Three-day Project Compass meeting begins Sept. 30 at UMPI

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Officials from around the County, the State of Maine, and New England will gather at the University of Maine at Presque Isle from Wednesday, Sept. 30 to Friday, Oct. 2 for a three-day meeting centered on the University's Project Compass grant program and its efforts to develop and improve culturally responsive strategies for its Native American students.

The event will feature a keynote address by John Bear Mitchell, the blessing of a new student center designed specifically for Native American students, and a gathering of educators and community leaders who will determine next steps for the grant program.

"This meeting marks an important milestone for the University's Project Compass efforts and is a recognition of how hard our community of practice group has worked to bring the program to this point," Dr. Ray Rice, who is overseeing the grant program at UMPI, said. "We are very much looking forward to the results of this gathering, and the brainstorming, idea sharing, and long range planning that will ultimately and most importantly benefit our Native American student population."

Students host Native American Appreciation Day

Wednesday, 01 April 2009

Students from the University of Maine at Presque Isle's Native Voices group will host a day-long event meant to develop strong connections between education and the Native American culture and traditions of the area's indigenous populations.

The group will host the second annual Native American Appreciation Day from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 17 in the Campus Center. All interested students, faculty, staff, and members of the general public are welcome to attend and participate in this free event, which is being supported by Project Compass.

UMPI, Nellie Mae Education Foundation announce major Project Compass grant

Friday, 09 January 2009

Officials with the University of Maine at Presque Isle and the New England Resource Center for Higher Education announced in a Friday morning press conference that the University has been awarded a major grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation that will allow it to develop and improve culturally responsive retention strategies for its Native American students.

The award allows the University to receive up to $750,000 over the next four years to better serve its Native American student population as well as the region's Native American community. With 65 Native American students, the University of Maine at Presque Isle has the highest percentage of such students of all the University of Maine System campuses. The University is one of four universities in New England chosen to participate in Project Compass, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation's multi-year initiative aimed at increasing the number of underrepresented populations graduating with four-year degrees. Project Compass is administered by the foundation's intermediary, the New England Resource Center for Higher Education.